Thoughts of the week…

01) Beyonce performing at the Grammy Awards = perfection.

02) I’ve joined the majority of the civilized world and have started watching ‘Girls’. I love it, but I hate every single character on the show, which I’m led to believe is the general response when first watching it. I’m hooked though, and managed to get through the entire first season in a week.

03) I happened upon the Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry shower gel at Woolworths last week and OH MY GOD GUYS. Do you know how tempted I am to open the bottle and drink it? It smells AMAZING. Like strawberry milk.

04) The Mindy Project half-season hiatus was TOO MUCH FOR ME TO BEAR.

05) Paolo Nutini is releasing an album this year. I can’t wait.

06) Sarah posted a link to this website on twitter during the week, and it is a dangerous place to be if you’re in the mood to shop.

07) Paula’s Choice are having an Australia Day celebration 50% off sale, but be quick because it ends tomorrow!

08) 50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read

09) I am obsessed with this song. And this song.

10) You all need to be reading this book. It’s funny, and sad, and touching, and just plain sweet. I’m loving it. It’s my favourite book of the year so far.

50 Book Challenge (part 1)

A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay (3/10) – The first book I read this year was a bit of a flop. I had high hopes for this, the plot sounded promising and I was in the mood for a good thriller, but this book just didn’t deliver. The story seemed to drag on for a long time without anything interesting happening, I found it hard to follow the characters, and I didn’t care enough about the main character to get involved in his back story.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (8/10) – With this book, Jeffrey Eugenides has officially cemented his place on my list of all-time favourite authors. This book was not my favourite of his, (fyi my personal ranking of Mr Eugenides books is as follows: 1. Middlesex, 2. The Virgin Suicides, & 3. this one), but still, I loved it. The characters in this book were so vivid that I felt like they were jumping off the page at me.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (8/10) – I loved this book. This is my favourite book by Gillian Flynn so far, I just couldn’t seem to put it down. I It was a real page turner, and I raced through it because I was desperate to find out what happened at the end. A great mystery/thriller and a very easy read.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2/10) – Ugh, this book. Firstly, I may have read Flowers In The Attic at least 25 times when I was a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I’m down with pointless incest popping up in books. Especially when there is no character or relationship development whatsoever. You’re just supposed to roll with it? No. Also, I really did not like the way this book was written. I’m not a big fan of stream of consciousness writing, and I found it hard to pull anything from the story. Thankfully this book was super short and I zipped through it in two days.